Former Tennessee Congresswoman Marilyn Lloyd has died

Image via National Congressional Archives


Family says they will receive friends for visitation on Saturday from 11 AM to 2 PM at Chattanooga Church, on Adamson Circle.

A celebration of life is set for Sunday afternoon at 1PM.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WTVC) Marilyn Lloyd, who represented the Chattanooga area and Tennessee's 3rd District in the U.S. House of Representatives for twenty years, has died at the age of 89.

Lloyd's son Morty says she passed away Wednesday night after battling pneumonia.

Current Tennessee 3rd District Representative Chuck Fleischmann released this statement Thursday morning:

“My prayers are with Lloyd family after hearing of Marilyn Lloyd’s passing. I thank Marilyn for her service to our great state in representing the wonderful people of Tennessee’s Third District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years. While I am saddened by her passing, the legacy of Marilyn Lloyd will forever be a part of East Tennessee history.”

Voters first elected Lloyd to Congress in 1974, after her husband, WDEF anchor and congressional candidate Mort Lloyd, was killed in a plane crash, shortly after he won his party's primary. Lloyd rode an anti-Republican wave spurred by the Watergate scandal, and ultimately defeated 3rd District incumbent LaMar Baker.

Voters chose to send her back to Congress ten times. She chose not to run for re-election in 1994.

Lloyd was the first woman elected as a Tennessee Congressional representative to serve a full term.

She served on the House Science Committee for the duration of her Congressional career. She also served on the Committee on Public Works and the House Select Committee on Aging.

After a diagnosis of breast cancer in 1991, she also co-sponsored the Mammography Quality Standards Act, which became law in 1992.

Lloyd served as a Democrat. But in her last term, in 1994, she endorsed Republican Zach Wamp to replace her 3rd Tennessee District Congressional seat.

Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper, who served in Congress alongside Lloyd, released this statement:

“Marilyn Lloyd stepped up in tragic circumstances and made history. I was lucky to serve with her in Congress. She was a terrific legislator whose legacy will live on across Tennessee. My thoughts are with her family.”

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, who's currently running for Bob Corker's Tennessee U.S. Senate seat, had this to say on Lloyd's passing:

"Saddened to learn of the passing of Marilyn Lloyd, someone I am fortunate enough to have had the honor of knowing for many years. As Tennessee's first Congresswoman elected to a full term, she was an independent thinker and a staunch advocate for the people of Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District. My condolences go out to her family."

We learned early Thursday afternoon of details for Lloyd's funeral.

Visitation will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Chattanooga Church on 6188 Adamson Circle.

Her funeral will take place the following day at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Her burial service will be private.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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